There have been a demonstration in central London, protesting against racism after a report revealed a black schoolgirl, referred to in reports as Child Q, had been strip searched on her period.
The crowd marched on Whitehall on Saturday demanding an end to racial injustices and discrimination following the publication of the report in March.
Activist Chantelle Lunt, of Merseyside Black Lives Matter, demanded justice for the Hackney schoolgirl.
She said: “She is every one of our children, she’s not just someone else, she is our child and we have to fight for her.
“She is all of our children. so when we talk about black lives matter, we mean it, our lives matter, our lives matter, and it matters how you treat our children.”
The march, organised by activist group Stand Up To Racism, coincided with UN Anti Racism Day, and also highlighted a number of other issues including the plight of refugees.
The Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review, was conducted by City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) following the incident at the end of 2020.
It found that the “traumatic” search of the 15-year-old black schoolgirl by Metropolitan Police officers took place at the her school without another adult present, and in the knowledge that she was menstruating.
It said that racism “was likely to have been an influencing factor” in the decision to carry out the search on the girl.
After teachers called the police to the 15-year-old girl’s school, they conducted a strip search where the schoolgirl’s intimate body parts were exposed and she was made to take off her sanitary towel, according to the review.
Scotland Yard has apologised and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan wrote to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on Wednesday to argue that the officers involved should be charged with gross misconduct rather than misconduct, because of the review’s finding that racism had a role in the decision to conduct the strip search.